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Vatican and China Renew Deal Over Appointment of Bishops

The Vatican also offered a lengthy defense of the agreement, saying that “processes for new episcopal appointments are underway, some at an early stage, others at an advanced stage.” Edward Pentin Blog, October 22, 2020 VATICAN CITY — The Holy See has announced it has renewed its... read more

China’s Communist Christ

By Cameron Hilditch, National Review, October 1, 2020 6:30 AM What the first excerpts of the CCP’s ‘translation’ of the Bible suggest about the nature of Xi Jinping’s regime. Earlier this year, we learned of the Chinese Communist Party’s intention to undertake its own,... read more
A woman with a baby in a village in southern Yunnan, China, November 2018.

Ethnic villages in China’s south warned not to convert to Christianity

LIC/S News, October 2, 2020 A village in China’s south has told a faith-based rights group that they have been warned against converting to Christianity which was described as an “evil cult” in an official notice. A source told CSW: “This is not only the case in this village, but... read more

Vatican dismisses US concerns over China bishops deal after Pompeo urges church to take tougher stance on religious freedom

By Mimi Lau, South China Morning Post, October 2, 2020 Cardinal Pietro Parolin meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Vatican. The Vatican has clashed with the United States over China as the Catholic Church continues its efforts to renew a controversial deal with Beijing over the... read more

CHINA’S CATHOLICS AND THE CHURCH’S MORAL WITNESS

By Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, First Things, September 18, 2020 The human rights situation in China has deteriorated severely under the autocratic rule of Xi Jinping, especially for religious believers. Credible reports have exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s program of forced... read more

As Vatican Ponders China Deal, Expert Says It’s Brought ‘Little Fruit’

September 8, 2020 By Elise Anne Allen, The Tablet, September 8, 2020 ROME (Crux) – As the Vatican sits poised to renew its historic agreement with China on the appointment of bishops later this month, one of the Catholic Church’s leading experts on Chinese affairs has argued that while... read more

Analysis: The Art of China’s Vatican Deal

What, then, could the Vatican hope to achieve by extending a deal which has yielded no results? Ed Condon/CNA WASHINGTON —Next month, the 2018 Vatican-China deal expires. Those close to the negotiations, both in Rome and in Beijing, now confidently predict a one-year extension to the... read more

Catholic historian: If Cdl. Zen rightly criticizes Vatican Ostpolitik, why not ‘catastrophic’ Vatican II?

‘The Ostpolitik that Cardinal Zen criticizes, is, in fact, fruit of the Second Vatican Council. This is historical evidence that does not admit denials.’ By Roberto de Mattei August 21, 2020 (Rorate Caeli) — Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun is an eminent prelate who sincerely loves his... read more

Pope Francis’s Silence on Xinjiang Speaks Volumes

By Benedict Rogers, foreign Policy, July 29, 2020 A pope dedicated to human rights has said nothing on China, thanks to a secret deal with Beijing. This month, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews wrote a most courageous letter to the Chinese ambassador in... read more

Chinese oppression ‘worse than US reported

'Christians want international community to pay attention to China's religious and human rights situation UCA News reporter, China, May 5, 2020 Chinese Christians have welcomed a damning US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) report but said religious oppression in China... read more

China, churches to remain closed throughout May, all Marian pilgrimages canceled

By Zhen Li, AisiaNew.it, April 28, 2020 The Patriotic Association and the Council of Chinese Bishops give the order to "suspend" the reopening of the churches; "Suspend" all pilgrimage activities; "Postpone" the reopening of schools in religious institutes and seminaries. To combat the... read more
Traditional Chinese funeral

China bans Christian funerals as new rules take effect